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New Mexico Orthopaedics Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine Fellowship

Fellowship Faculty

John C. Franco, MD

Dr. Franco is a sports medicine physician at New Mexico Orthopaedics. His focus is in knee, shoulder, hip and ankle arthroscopies, repair of articular cartilage injuries and minimally invasive surgery methods. Dr. Franco completed an orthopaedic fellowship in sports medicine at Santa Monica Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. A fellowship is the highest level of training available to a physician in the United States.

During his time in Los Angeles, Dr. Franco developed a special interest in adolescent injury prevention and joint cartilage repair and regeneration. He has contributed to the publication of several articles and research studies, and he continues to be very involved with the Santa Monica ACL Injury Prevention Project sponsored by the Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles. Being involved in sports medicine as a team physician has been of significant value to Dr. Franco. He has previous experience as a team physician at the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup and at Pepperdine University, as well as with the Albuquerque Isotopes AAA professional baseball team and the New Mexico Scorpions professional hockey team. He continues to work with U.S. soccer teams through regional coverage of both men's and women's national soccer team events.

Dr. Franco enjoys helping patients accept and understand their injuries, working with them through the recovery process and ultimately returning them to their normal level of activity. Away from the office, Dr. Franco enjoys golf, tennis, running, hiking and skiing.

Undergraduate Degree

University of California-Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California

Graduate School

University of California-Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California

Medical School

University of California-San Francisco
San Francisco, California

Orthopaedic Surgery Residency

University of New Mexico Medical Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship

Santa Monica Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
Santa Monica, California

Hospital Affiliations

* New Mexico Orthopaedic Surgery Center
* Albuquerque Regional Medical Center
* Presbyterian Hospital

Professional Affiliations

* Greater Albuquerque Medical Association
* New Mexico Medical Society

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